Statements

Updated company statement about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

James Lindsay – CEO/Managing Director
Royal Vauxhall Tavern

It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we have temporarily closed for the foreseeable future after the UK Governments forced closure policy became effective on Friday 20 March 2020.

We’ve tried to keep the party going in order to protect the livelihoods of our fantastic team, our artists and our DJ’s, however the welfare of both our team and you, our amazing supporters, remains our primary focus and with the acceleration of COVID-19 it’s time to press pause on our community LGBTQ meeting place for now.

We’re a family here at Royal Vauxhall Tavern and it truly feels as if all that we are, all that we believe in and all we have worked for has been ripped out from underneath us. We will miss you while the country deals with this pandemic. But we’ll be back, and when that time comes we will throw you the best party in town.

We are so grateful for all the kind words and support you have shown us these last few weeks, we have been truly astonished by your level of loyalty and we cannot wait to repay you with that best party in town when we return.

Thank you for being amazing and please keep safe.

James Lindsay
Royal Vauxhall Tavern


Updated company statement about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

James Lindsay – CEO/Managing Director
Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Further to the Government’s statement on 16 March, I wanted to update you on our position that the Royal Vauxhall Tavern remains open for business and will continue to support the LGBTQ+ community. The decision has restricted my companies’ ability to trade.

Advising people to stay away from the hospitality sector and avoid unnecessary contact when a closing enforcement with business interruption compensation would be the correct strategy. Creating a mixed message for schools to be allowed to open and encouraging movement of children and people is disturbing.

I appreciate the seriousness of the epidemic and the devastating impact it is having on people’s lives and the world, however the position yesterday will have a devastating and detrimental impact on business, business recovery and job stability.

The position announced by the Government last night creates the worst position for small business, the hospitality sector and the night time economy. Boris Johnson has urged everyone to avoid unnecessary social contact, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs, clubs, theatres and restaurants. There is no mention of high footfall destination shopping centres, hotels and airports where movement of social contact exists.

As a small company we pay £400,000 a year to the government as our contribution of our business taxes and the government’s dismissive approach in how they have approach the hospitality industry. The recent threshold on business rates has done nothing for my company which falls outside the set government threshold. It appears that all businesses, as with Royal Vauxhall Tavern as a small independent company has no support from Government unless a government official or legal authority closes or evacuate the premises. Frances President Macron has gauged the mood of his country correctly and putting in place a strategy which supports a coherent business approach. Ireland is supporting bars, clubs and restaurants financially.

The Night Time Industries Association of which we are a member have advised not to voluntarily close the business unless we are strictly forced to do so by a competent authority. This is the position Royal Vauxhall Tavern will adopt, but we must stress, if you have an underlying medical condition then you need to stay at home.

We understand our approach will not be shared by all and we respect this may be the case, we ask you to equally respect our position. Today because of the government’s position we are having to start to consider laying staff off. I have a duty of care to all my team, as well as all the LGBT+ performers, DJs and promoters who work with us and to keep them safe and keep people in employment.


Updated company statement about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

James Lindsay – CEO/Managing Director
Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Just to follow up on our earlier posting last week and to keep you updated.

Royal Vauxhall Tavern would like to thank the good attendance numbers last week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and cabaret on Friday have all been well attended. The weekend has been good although slower than in normal times.

The Night Time Industries Association of which we are a member contacted us yesterday and have advised us not to voluntarily close the business unless we are strictly forced to do so by a competent authority.

We continue to monitor the World Health Organisation, Government and Public Health England advice. The UK Government’s four part plan is to contain, delay, research and mitigate Coronavirus. Essentially, the Government hopes to detect early cases, slow the spread of the virus, better understand how to treat and vaccinate against it and provide good care to those who become ill.

At all stages, the Government will be guided by the medical experts and scientists, and we are told they continue to take the right action at the right time. We have to trust the decision makers with the information they are being provided with.

We have undertaken a deep clean and sanitisation programme of the public areas and we continue to promote good hygiene guidelines and encourage regular handwashing and utilising the antibacterial alcohol hand gel at the door entry point and at each of the till points on the bar. This ongoing will be a regular process.

We are advised not to close the workplace if someone with confirmed Coronavirus has entered the premises. Instead, identify who has been in contact with the individual and work with Public Health England.

It appears that all businesses, as with Royal Vauxhall Tavern being a small independent company has no support from Government unless a government official or legal authority closes or evacuate the premises.

I have a duty of care to all my team, as well as all the LGBT+ performers, DJs and promoters who work with us and to keep them safe and keep people in employment and to ensure all our financial obligations are met.

15 March 2020


A company statement about the Coronavirus

James Lindsay – CEO/Managing Director
Royal Vauxhall Tavern

At Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the health and safety of everyone at our venue is our priority, so we have been closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

Current NHS and Public Health England advice is that individuals are at no greater risk of contracting Coronavirus at large gatherings than they would be in their day-to-day life. Individuals only need to avoid public places if they have been advised to do so by a medical professional or by the NHS’s 111 service or have travelled to the affected areas.

Therefore at this time we have no plans to cancel or postpone any of our events or club nights.

We have however implemented a number of precautionary measures, and wanted to share some tips on how to stay healthy:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. We’ve added additional soap and alcohol-based hand gel throughout our venue, and are increasing the frequency of our deep cleaning.
  2. If you’re not feeling well during a performance, come and talk to one of our staff who can help you.
  3. In the immediate term we will be using only disposable glasses.

For further information, please consult the World Health Organisation or the Government NHS website.

We thank you for your continued support to our much loved venue.


Welfare & Vulnerability Engagement Training Programme

James Lindsay – CEO/Managing Director

On Thursday 6 March 2020 the Royal Vauxhall Tavern was the first LGBTQ venue to deliver a Welfare & Vulnerability Engagement Training Programme and I would like to express my sincere thanks to our staff and promoters who attended this worthwhile and invaluable training session delivered by Safer Business Network.

The programme covered the following key principles:

  • To prevent and reduce violent crime linked to the licensed economy
  • To prevent and reduce sexual offences
  • To reduce preventable injury linked to alcohol and drug use
  • To reduce opportunities for criminal activity and anti-social behaviour

The RVT Code of Conduct Manifesto and the Incident Escalation Process is now in place.